Friendly: Stonehaven Ladies v Nairn Ladies

July 24, 2018

 

 

 

This friendly, played in baking hot conditions, will ultimately prepare a young Nairn Ladies Football side for what is required in joining the league and Stoney to raise match fitness prior to their forthcoming title run in with Montrose and Moray.


Masson arrowed an opener after 15 minutes with a sweetly struck right footer into the top left corner from the opposite edge of the penalty box.

 

Laing snapped up a rebound after a teasing Caira cross befuddled the Nairn defence for 2-0.

 

Roby met a beautiful left wing cross from Urquhart to fire in a controlled volley at the back post 3-0.

 

K Townsend hit a quick fire hat rick firstly blasting in a right foot volley from six yards then bursting into the box and drilling in a left footer with the aid of a deflection before dinking a pass over a defender before wrestling the ball over the line ahead of the keeper.

 

A neat low raking shot from the shiny boots of Penny made it 7-0 at the break.

 

Nairn were defending valiantly and hustling Stoney higher up the pitch but once Stoney managed to either pass round or drive through the initial Nairn press there was no holding them. Stoney additional strength and ability to pick a pass was too much for Nairn whose keeper pulled off a number of top saves. 


The second half opened with Smith driving into the box on the left hand side and drilling the ball low past the keeper 8-0.

 

Masson played a lovely one two before curling into the top right corner and hit her hat trick with a shot which ricocheted in 10-0.

 

Full back Caira took a short corner from Smith and her early shot wrong footed the keeper.

 

Gordon got in on the act with a high drive followed by a low raking shot to round off proceedings.


Nairn kept battling to the end and were well organised defensively but with the heat and vast size of Stoney's pitch was always going to suit the fast moving ,slick Stoney interplay.

 

The game was played in a good spirit with Nairn sharing the Stoney hospitality at the end.

 

Manager Matt Smith said:

 

"We are grateful to Nairn for travelling to Stonehaven today, the weather was a leveller and in all honesty took the edge off the match for both teams, a big pat on the back to the Nairn keeper who made some outstanding saves. In particular a one handed dive stands out amongst the rest! It served us well and the match allowed us to see what we require to work on going forward into the second half of the season.

 

Image: Stonehaven Ladies & Report: Alan Townsend

 

 

 

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